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arabis

[ar-uh-bis] /ˈær ə bɪs/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Arabis, including the rock cresses.
Origin of arabis
1570-1580
1570-80; < New Latin < Greek árabis (stem arabid-) Arabian mustard (derivative with arab-, as in Arabía Arabia, Áraps Arab, etc.); probably applied to the plant because it grows in rocky or sandy soil

Arabize

[ar-uh-bahyz] /ˈær əˌbaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), Arabized, Arabizing.
1.
to place or come under Arab influence or domination:
Middle Eastern countries began to Arabize their oil industries.
Also, especially British, Arabise.
Origin
1880-85; Arab + -ize
Related forms
Arabization, noun
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  • With them may be associated Cardamine trifolia and Thlaspi latifolium, which resemble the arabises in habit and flowers.

    The Wild Garden William Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for arabises

arabis

/ˈærəbɪs/
noun
1.
any plant of the annual or perennial genus Arabis, some of which form low-growing mats with downy grey foliage and white flowers: family Brassicaceae (crucifers) Also called rock cress
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek arabis (fem) of Arabia
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